BPP: Panelo referred Sanchez’s clemency application
Aileen Cerrudo • September 3, 2019 • 840
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has referred the request of former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez’ family for executive clemency, according to the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP).
During the Senate hearing about the controversial good conduct time allowance (GCTA) on Tuesday (Sept 3), BPP Executive Director Atty. Reynaldo Bayang said Panelo wrote a letter referring to the said request.
“Sumulat siya kung pwedeng with reference lang po sa letter ni (He wrote if he can refer the letter of) Marie Anthonette [Antonnelvie] Sanchez for Antonio Sanchez’s executive clemency,” he said.
Bayang also read what was stated in the letter which was dated February 19, 2019.
The letter reads, “We write in reference to the letter dated February 8, 2019, from Ms. Marie Antonelvie Sanchez regarding the application of her father, Mr. Antonino L. Sanchez, for executive clemency.”
“In line with the President’s commitment for good governance, transparency and immediate action on matters that affect the welfare of the people, we are referring this matter to your good office for evaluation, and whatever appropriate action you may want to undertake under the premises,” the letter concludes.
Sanchez’s family also talked with Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Nicanor Faeldon when they heard reports of Sanchez’s impending release.
The ex-mayor’s common-law wife, Elvira Sanchez said someone texted her about the release of her husband so she wanted to talk to Faeldon about the said report.
“Ang sagot niya sa amin, ‘Mrs. Sanchez hindi ko alam iyan pero hinold ko iyong proseso ng pagpapalabas kasi may bago akong direktiba sa baba na 1st in 1st out (He told us, ‘Mrs. Sanchez, I do not know about that but I put the release process on hold because there was a new directive of first in, first out’),” she said.
Senators are now curious about who sent the said text message. The senators will order the retrieval of Mrs. Sanchez’s sim card to determine who sent the text message.
Meanwhile, the presidential spokesperson reiterated he is not involved in the said issue and said that the letter was not personal.
“We read the letter and then if the letter refers to the Bureau of Pardons and Parole we refer to the Bureau of Pardons and Parole. Lagi lang kaming referral. We do not have the authority. Our job is to refer it to the proper agencies for their action in accordance to law,” he said. “Walang personal sa mga letter na ito, lahat official (There is nothing personal in the said letter. Everythng is official). It’s all recorded, there is nothing there.”—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)
Former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez | Courtesy: PTV
MANILA, Philippines — Ex-Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez passed away on Saturday, March 27, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag announced.
Chaclag said, Sanchez was found unresponsive in his cell at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) at around 7:00 a.m.
“He was brought to the NBP Hospital by his cell mates and was attended to by medical staff. He was declared DOA and subject for autopsy as per procedure on sudden deaths,” the BuCor spokesman said in a statement.
He added that Sanchez was last seen alive on Friday at 10:00 p.m. preparing to sleep. When his cellmates woke him up in morning, the former official was unresponsive.
“There is no sign of foul play. He had existing conditions such as chronic kidney disease, hypertension, recurring gastro enteritis, prostate problems and asthma,” Chaclag said, adding that Sanchez’ family has already been informed of his passing.
Sanchez was convicted for rape and murder of two students in the 1990s. He was sentenced in 1995 to seven terms of reclusion perpetua (or 40 years of imprisonment) over the rape and murder of Eileen Sarmenta, and the murder of her companion Allan Gomez.
In 2019, reports of his possible early release from jail through the application of good conduct time allowance (GCTA) sparked outrage among the public including several senators.
Following news of the convicted mayor’s demise, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that as of the time of his death, Sanchez was still not qualified for release.
The government is looking for a single facility to house confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients to prevent overcrowding in hospitals.
On Monday (March 16), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the recommendation will be discussed in a meeting with the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
“We are recommending that there should be only one place where we can put all those confirmed cases,” he said.
Panelo said this would lessen the risk of occupational transmission of the virus. He said placing patients in one or two facilities may help in controlling the spread of the disease.
“Baka maubusan tayo ng ospital na paglalagayan (We might run out of hospitals for the patients); and not only that, we are exposing our health workers to the same infection,” he said. — AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The scheduled televised one-on-one interview of President Rodrigo Duterte with his spokesperson Salvador Panelo has been postponed anew.
In a televised advisory, Panelo said the interview with Duterte, which was supposed to be held Tuesday, will be moved to a later date because the president is feeling “under the weather.”
Panelo said it may be rescheduled next week.
The said interview was initially set on January 22 but was postponed due to “pressing matters.”
The president conducted his first televised interview with Panelo in September 2018 where they discussed wide-ranging topics on martial law in Mindanao, reopening of Boracay Island, increasing rice prices, his critic former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, among others. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
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